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Kingdom Come (2001)

A group of old family members bands together when a despicable family member thankfully expires.

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Ray Bud Slocumb
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Lucille Slocumb
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Marguerite Slocumb
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Junior Slocumb
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Juanita Slocumb
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Rev. Beverly H. Hooker
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Royce Slocumb
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Raynelle Slocumb
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Clyde Kincade
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Delightful Slocumb (as Masasa)
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Antoine Depew
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Merline Depew
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Charles Winslow
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Bernice Talbert
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This family has issues! When mean and surly Bud Slocumb keels over at breakfast, his family gathers for the wake and funeral: long-suffering widow Raynelle, unemployed son Junior who's cheating on his wife Charisse, son Ray Bud who holds a job and has a loving wife, Lucille, but struggles with alcoholism and with their difficulty having children. There's younger daughter Delightful, who constantly eats; religious Aunt Marguerite and her wayward son Royce; and, there's Juanita, their wealthy cousin's wife. They all descend on the town of Lula, struggle to say something nice about Bud, and face the challenge of sorting out their relationships with the living. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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They're not perfect, but they are family.

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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Rated PG for thematic elements, language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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11 April 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Békés családi tűzfészek  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,562,284 (USA) (13 April 2001)

Gross:

$23,247,539 (USA) (17 August 2001)
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Jada Pinkett Smith and Vivica A Fox previously starred together in Set It Off (1996). Although they play family relatives in this movie they play close friends in Set It Off. See more »

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When Margurite and her son are fighting over the radio in his old Volkwagen Beetle, he turns the keys and removes them from the ignition, silencing the radio. Radios in old Beetles will work without the ignition on. See more »

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Marguerite Slocumb: Welfare? That's your plan?
Royce: Yep, pretty much.
Marguerite Slocumb: Well you know what I say to that?
[hits Royce with her Bible]
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It Is Well With My Soul
Written by Horatio Spafford and Philip Bliss
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"Mean and surly."
25 April 2001 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

This absolutely outstanding film is an total delight.

There were lots of big laugh-out-loud scenes, great humour, wit and charm.

LL Cool J absolutely walks away with the film in his amazing acting job as the son of the man that no one likes – but they have all come together to bury.

As my friends and family will tell you, I have always had a not-so-secret crush on Whoopi Goldberg. This film reinforces that crush – she is the rock in the maelstrom of insanity that surrounds the burial of her much-despised husband.

The characters are quietly complex – especially LL Cool J's character – who has demons that pursue him, including the inability to mourn the father that he disliked so much.

Most of the humour is fairly subtle and cerebral – though there is one absolutely great scene that slides into bathroom humour about the affect of Mexican food on the minister (Cedric the Entertainer) that officiates at the funeral.

This is a family story – it could be anyone's family. It is irrelevant that the family is African American: this family crosses all colour lines. They behave badly at times but they are there for each other in a way that all families should be but seldom are.

You would think that with Toni Braxton in the film any singing would be done by her – not so. There is a very nice 3 woman church choir that includes the Saturday Night Live alum, Ellen Cleghorn. The song at the funeral is sung by Jada Pinkett Smith – and she does a great job.

In checking viewer votes there were almost as many `1' votes as there were `10s'… I think that some people just didn't get it. Their loss.


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